A presidential commission convened to cut the budget deficit today recommended raising the Social Security retirement age to 69. Also today, the American Human Development Project released a report showing that, at 71 years, African Americans living in Washington, DC, have the lowest life expectancy of anyone in the United States.

In other words, on average, blacks in our great nation’s capital can eventually look forward to having two years of rest and retirement before they die. What respect for our elders.

-Cord Jefferson is a staff writer at The Root. Follow him on Twitter.